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Alex Potter July 20, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Yemen.
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Checking a voting register in Sana’a, Yemen 2012

Alex Potter (b. 1989) is an emerging photojournalist who has worked primarily in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Yemen. After graduating university with a nursing degree she decided to follow her calling rather than the advice of others and turned to a life in photography. She has been selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, shortlisted by the Lucie Foundation Emerging Photographer scholarship, and has been published by Reuters, JO Magazine, Boreal Collective, and a variety of small Midwest features. Alex has been chosen for the 2012 Eddie Adams Workshop.  She is currently in Minneapolis finishing a long term project and hopes to return to Yemen soon.

About the Photograph:

“A Yemeni man checks his name on the voting register in Sana’a, Yemen. On February 21, 2012, after a year of bloody protests and civil conflict, President-elect Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi took office. A peace spread over the major cities: Sana’a, Aden, and Taiz, but this one-man election was a far cry from democracy. I went to Yemen to document the elections, but was so captivated by the country and the people that I decided to stay. While the influence of the militant Ansar Al Sharia in the south is undeniable, Yemen is so much more than the daily news reports. The south is shouting for separation, thousands are displaced by internal conflict, a famine is looming over the western provinces, and Sana’a may run out of water in less than ten years. Yet through my work in Yemen, I hope to show not only the struggles, but more importantly, the strength and resilience of the country. The driving force in Yemen lies not in the daily news but in the beating hearts of its citizens and their undeniable hope for freedom.”

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